Revealed! Did Paul Kagame reject US helicopters after CDF Ogolla’s crash?

On Tuesday, there was widespread speculation suggesting that Rwandan President Paul Kagame had turned down Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopters, also known as Bell Huey II, offered by the American government.

This speculation emerged in the wake of the air crash that tragically claimed the life of Kenyan Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Francis Ogolla.

The rumors were fueled by an image circulating on social media, sparking extensive debates on the matter.

Reports, which dominated discussions throughout the morning, alleged that Kagame rejected the donation from the United States due to safety concerns.

The speculation gained momentum to the extent that local politicians began sharing images purportedly depicting the front page of The East African newspaper, which supposedly featured this topic as its lead story.

However, according to the fact check, the widely spread reports were false. The purported front page of The East African was determined to be fake, dated from April 26, 2017, to June 30, 2017, mimicking the publication frequency of real editions.

Additionally, the fake edition did not adhere to The East African’s style guide, which stipulates titles should be in title case rather than uppercase.

Further investigation revealed that the only article published by the genuine East African platform concerning Huey II helicopters in 2017 was titled: “Kenya and Uganda Receive Helicopters for Enhanced War Against Al Shabaab.”

This article detailed the provision of military aircraft to Kenya and Uganda to bolster the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in their efforts against the extremist group.

The tragic plane crash that claimed the life of CDF Ogolla underscored the safety concerns surrounding the country’s military hardware. Moreover, it marked the fifth incident involving a Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) plane in recent months.

In response to Ogolla’s passing, Major General John Mugaravai Omenda, the Commander of the Kenya Air Force, appointed a team to investigate the matter.

President William Ruto expressed confidence in the team’s ability to conduct a thorough investigation to uncover the truth. More

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